Her divorce from her husband Brad Pitt is still the talk of the proverbial town, but that isn’t stopping Angelina Jolie from seeking out her next movie. Most recently, she was being eyed to board Murder on the Orient Express, but she later decided to pass on the remake. Fortunately for Jolie, there isn’t a shortage of opportunities coming her way, as she’s now considering joining Tristan’s upcoming movie Shoot Like a Girl.
Deadline dropped the news that Angelina Jolie is in early talks to lead the theatrical adaptation of the book Shoot Like A Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight In Afghanistan and on the Home Front, which actually isn’t being published until spring 2017 It’s the memoir of Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar, the role Jolie would almost certainly be playing. Hegar served three tours in Afghanistan as a rescue helicopter pilot for search-and-rescue missions. During one of those tours, her helicopter was shot down by the Taliban, and despite being shot, she persisted and not only saved her crew, but the three soldiers they were sent to rescue, earning her a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor. The book also delves into a different kind of battle: Hegar suing the Department of Defense over the Ground Combat Exclusion Policy, which prevented women from serving in combat roles. Her efforts resulted in the policy’s eventual repeal. Frank Baldwin wrote the movie’s script, and once a deal with Jolie is finalized, TriStar will begin looking for a director, as they are eager to fast track the project.
Even though nothing’s quite set in stone yet, Shoot Like a Girl sounds like the perfect fit for Angelina Jolie. Right off the bat, you can tell the movie will be filled with action, something that the access has plenty of experience with from her roles in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Wanted and Salt, to name a few. However, it also blends in a true life story, which Jolie has dipped her toes into a little bit acting in 2007’s A Mighty Heart and directing 2014’s Unbroken, the biopic of World War II prisoner of war Louis Zamperini. Ideally these two elements will draw Jolie into Shoot Like a Girl, giving her the opportunity to not only play a real life hero/badass on the big screen.
Angelina Jolie’s most recent on-screen roles include playing Maleficent in the 2014 movie of the same name (a role she’ll reprise in a sequel) and Vanessa in 2015’s By the Sea, which she also directed. In the world of animation she voiced Master Tigress again in Kung Fu Panda 3 earlier this year. If adapted right, Shoot Like a Girl could be another winning tale for her resume.